Wednesday, August 3, 2011

PART 1: "Weekend Pony Express" The 2011 Pop Mech Top Shop: An All-New Adventure

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Part 1: Weekend Pony Express
The 2011 Pop Mech Top Shop: An All-New Adventure

At its heart, car customizing is about passion: a passion for style, a passion for speed, a passion for doing things right.

It's also about struggle—overcoming the obstacles and frustrations that can derail any complex project. Restoration and custom shops do this every day, but the hurdles they face aren't lessened because they've seen them before. Add in normal business issues like crazy customer demands and ill-fitting parts, and you've got a recipe for a headache.

Last year, we put one shop to the ultimate test: We took that headache and put it under a spotlight. After conducting a nationwide search for a custom shop capable of turning a 2010 Chevy Camaro SS into something special, we settled on Netcong Auto Restorations of Netcong, New Jersey. Phil and Dana Brazer, the shop's owners, then subjected themselves to our deadlines and the harsh glare of scrutiny. The amazing machine that resulted featured bold styling and enough chassis modifications to shame many purpose-built race cars.